The La Soufrière volcano erupts on the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean Sea. Then a smoke of six to eight kilometers high rose from the crater. The emergency service on the island is considering grey rain.
Relief workers said that the soot cloud drifted eastward, but a lot of soot fell from the villages surrounding the volcanic ash. The person in charge of the earthquake center told the Associated Press that more volcanic eruptions may follow.
The volcano has been rumbling for a while. The area around La Soufrière was banned yesterday, and thousands of people in the northern part of the island have been evacuated.
During the evacuation, the authorities used four cruise ships to transport people to surrounding islands, such as Saint Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua.
In addition, people can choose to go to one of the shelters on the island.
The pandemic may slow the speed of evacuation because Prime Minister Gonsalves has stated that anyone who wants to escape from a cruise ship or move to another island should be vaccinated against corona. It is not clear whether there is enough capacity to vaccinate people who have not yet been vaccinated.
In addition, not everyone in St. Vincent has a passport. Therefore, Gonsalves has requested that other Caribbean islands also accept ID cards. The Prime Minister said: “Not everything can be done perfectly, but if we all work together, we will be stronger than ever.”
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a population of approximately 100,000 and has never seen any volcanic activity since 1979. In 1902, La Soufrière erupted, killing more than 1,000 people.